As the chilly winds die down and temperature starts to warm up, it’s official. The beginning of spring, March, is just around the corner. While most countries start their school year in fall, Korea is one of the few to start their school year in spring, letting March to represent not just warmer weather but a sense of new beginning.
Just in time for the start of the new semester, let us introduce you to several universities. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a student. These university souvenir shops are some of the rare few that will allow outsiders on to their campus, allowing visitors to see a glimpse into the wonderful campus life of college students.
52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
This place is literally second to none. Known for their campus goods, this particular souvenir shop is a place where visitors simply cannot resist the allure of purchasing something before they leave the facilities. Selling sweatshirts, thermos bottles, Eco bags, bookmarks, and even a snowglobe marked with the prestigious emblem and logo of Ewha Womans University, the shop sells merchandises which tempt many who aren’t necessarily students. There’s a story that the university was named “Ewha” after the many pear blossoms growing around the campus. Regardless of whether it’s true or not, many Ewha merchandises have a pear blossom motif on it and are extremely popular, especially the key chains. Most of the school products and merchandises are made based on what actual students need and want, making many of Ewha products very practical for common use.
ECC Souvenir Shop Regular Hours 8:30 – 20:00, Vacation Hours 9:30 – 19:00, Weekend 10:00 – 17:00
Ewha Welcome Center Weekday 9:30 – 17:00. Weekend 10:00 – 17:00
Pavilion Regular Hours 10:00 – 18:00, Vacation Hours 10:30 – 18:30, Weekend 10:00 – 17:00
Online Shop https://ewhagift.ewha.ac.kr/shop
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
It’s a good idea to take a bus or taxi when going to browse through the goods and merchandises known to surge in sales, especially during the college entrance exam period. Famous for having the biggest campus in the country, the campus of Seoul National University cannot be explored fully in one single day. It’s simply impossible. Not surprisingly, the school’s merchandises are more popular among touring potential students than currently enrolled students. After all, looking at all the goods marked with the university’s logo, it’s pretty hard not to imagine a yourself spending your time here as a future SNU student. The logo is a combined image of the first Korean letters (ㅅ,ㄱ,ㄷ) of Seoul National University.
Souvenir Shop / SNUplex Weekday 9:00 - 18:30, Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Online Shop http://www.snumall.com/main/index
50, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
The souvenir shop is located in Baekyangnuri, an underground complex made up of three different concepts.
Located in an underground school complex called Baekyangnuri, the souvenir shop can be described in the following three concepts: economical in selling writing utensils, wise in selling study books, and profitable in selling merchandises with Yonsei's logo. Maybe it's due to this, but not only is their souvenir shop huge but is always filled with customers. Boramsaem, the name of their souvenir shop, sells many interesting goods not seen anywhere else. Some examples include sneakers engraved with a flying eagle (the symbol of Yonsei University) or golf head covers with the school's emblem on it. It's not a bad way to spend the day browsing through the many interesting, daily goods sold in this store.
Boramsaem Regular Hours 9:00 - 19:00. Saturday 9:00 - 17:00 / Vacation Hours 9:00 - 17:30, Saturday 9:00 - 14:30
Online Shop https://www.yonseicoop.com/
145, Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Crimson Store, Korea University's official brand shop, can be easily found inside the Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall located on the right side of the main gates. It sells not only goods carrying the Korea University logo but also sells many products there were designed and created by the students and alumni. All profit made from the shop are used to fund school development and scholarships. Cups with logos of departments and majors are lined up and displayed on one side of the store. Students can select cups holding the logo of their department and feel a sense of belonging. Instead of notebooks and pencil cases, the most popular product from the Crimson Store is none other than sesame oil. Apparently, their sesame oils are produced using a special method in order to maintain high quality and the packaging of the product is luxurious, making this a popular gift idea among customers.
Crimson Store Weekday 9:00 - 17:00, Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Online Shop http://crimsonstore.co.kr/